Play annotation ??? = canʼt understand. 57 Speakers are Ḵaachkoo.aaḵw Helen Sarabia (left) and Shakʼ Sháani Margaret Dutson (right). Recorded November 16, 2010 at the home of Margaret Dutson in Juneau, AK. Produced at the University of Alaska Southeast, this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities, Documenting Endangered Languages initiative under Grant No. 0853788. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Recorded by Wudisheeyi Tláa Alice Taff. Tlingit transcription by Keetyaanaayi Paul Marks II. English translation by Shakʼ Sháani Margaret Dutson and Wudisheeyi Tláa Alice Taff. Proofread by DaaljIni Mary Folletti, Ḵʼaagi Sháawu Keri Eggleston. SYMBOLS: {false start}, (added for clarity), [translator/transcriber's note]. ??? = canʼt understand.
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Play annotation Haat iyagút.
Oh, you came.
Play annotation Aaá.
Yeah.
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Control+F (Mac: Command+F), type your word, Enter, scroll to see all the occurrences of your word.
Play annotation Waa sá iyatee?
How are you?
Play annotation Oh, ḵúnáx̱ yak'éi.
Oh, I'm really fine.
Play annotation Yak'éi áwé.
That's good.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens áwé wé
Sometimes the
Play annotation néekw ax̱ kát jikooxeexch.
sickness pervades my body.
Play annotation Aáa {yéi áwé haa ya-} yéi áwé x̱at yatee, x̱át tsú.
That's the way I am too.
Play annotation Yéi gé tuwajée haa gux̱dasháan?
Did you ever think we were going to get old?
Play annotation Yeah, ḵúnáx̱.
Yeah, really.
Play annotation Ax̱ léelk'w yéi haa daayaḵáa noojín,
My grandmother used to always say to us,
Play annotation "Yaa indashán óosh gé, Chx̱ánk'."
"If only you were getting old, Grandchild."
Play annotation Yeedát áwé {haa, haa,}
And now
Play annotation haa kát uwaxíx.
it has come upon us.
Play annotation Yaa jinastán kát
It's coming over in waves
Play annotation ???
???
Play annotation yaa ndashán.
aging.
Play annotation Yeedát áwé at wutusikoo wáa sás
Now we know what it's like
Play annotation haa steeyí shaank'.
to be old.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens áwé
Sometimes
Play annotation ax̱ tláa yéi x̱at daayaḵáa nooch,
my mother always said,
Play annotation "Ldakát yéi áyá yanéekw, Sík' ḵa
"Everywhere hurts, Daughter, and
Play annotation keey ḵa t'eeshú.
knees and elbows.
Play annotation Gwál yáa dikéenáx̱ ḵa yáa
Maybe from up here and here
Play annotation ḵa yáa.
and here.
Play annotation Gwál {ax̱} ax̱ ḵáash ḵúnáx̱ áyá néekw nooch."
Maybe my hips always really hurt."
Play annotation At shúḵch yaa x̱at gajáḵjin.
I used to die laughing.
Play annotation Ldakát yéi áwé yanéekw.
Everywhere begins to hurt.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens wéi {yóo x̱a-} yóo x̱a.áx̱ji noojín,
Sometimes I used to hear,
Play annotation "Analseen áwé."
"An unseen ailment."
Play annotation A daa yóo x̱'atux̱atángi nuch atk'átsk'ux̱ x̱at sateeyí.
When I was little I always used to think about it.
Play annotation Analseen.
Undetected ailment.
Play annotation Daa sáwé yis aya sáa?
What is that?
Play annotation Néekw ḵu.aa áwé.
But it's a sickness.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé,
And now,
Play annotation gwál wé,
maybe the,
Play annotation paper dolls hél x̱wasakú wáa sá tuwasáakw {lin- dlei-} Lingít x̱'éináx̱.
I don't know what we call 'paper dolls' in Tlingit.
Play annotation Aan ḵutoos.úk' nooch wé- Aáa.
We'd always play with it, the- Yes.
Play annotation Kíndei toox̱ásh neejín.
We used to cut them out.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱.
Really.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens áwé, "Daaḵw.aasá i jeet yéi wdudzinei, Helen?"
Sometimes, "Which ones did they give you, Helen?"
Play annotation Yóot'aa.
That one.
Play annotation Montgomery Ward áwé ax̱ jeet wuduwatee.
Montgomery Ward, that's what they gave me.
Play annotation X̱át ḵu.aa. Sears Robuck.
Me though, Sears Robuck.
Play annotation Wáa sá haa yáa lik'éi.
Oh, how we treasured it.
Play annotation AaG̱áa ḵutooshee noojín tsú.
We used to look for it too.
Play annotation Éeḵ áx̱ yaa ktoo.átch wáanG̱aneens áa kei aa wulháash yóo á, "Ah! Yáadu á!"
We used to walk along the beach sometimes some would drift there, "Ah! Here it is!"
Play annotation Hadláa!
Good grief!
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ áwé
Really
Play annotation yeedát áwé hél yéi at utí wéi atyátx'í, ha.é.
now things are not that way with the kids, gee.
Play annotation Ch'a daa sáwé {haa} ḵúnáx̱ haa yáa lak'éi nooch
We treasured anything
Play annotation yadátx'ix̱ haa sateeyí.
when we were kids.
Play annotation Hél wuduwa.oowu át áwé.
It wasn't something bought.
Play annotation Tléik', hél,
No, not,
Play annotation Daaḵw.aasá wtuwat'ee ??? ḵutoos.úk' neejín.
Whatever we found we used to play with.
Play annotation Sagóo ch'a haa [yaklajáḵ???] ch'a daa sáwé,
It's fun just ??? whatever,
Play annotation Tlé woosh kát katoojeilch, éi. Aáa.
We would put it together. Yes.
Play annotation Haa hítx'isáani tulayéx̱ noojín.
We always used to play with our little houses.
Play annotation Yeedát ḵu.aa, ch'as, ch'as,
Now though, just, just,
Play annotation x̱'alitseeni át áwé s dusáakw nuch.
the expensive things they always name.
Play annotation Hél tsú ??? nooch wáanG̱aneens tsú ax̱ dachx̱ánx'iyán.
Also not ??? sometimes also my grandchildren.
Play annotation Ch'a wáa sá aan has ash koolyát, át has ashukooG̱éex'ch.
They play with it for a time, they just toss it aside.
Play annotation Dooó.
(Slightly disgusted affectionate expression.)
Play annotation X̱át ḵu.aa áwé kúnáx̱
As for me, really
Play annotation jinkaat táakw ḵa daax'oon x̱at sateeyí áwé tsú ax̱ jeet ajeewaháa.
when I was 14 something came to me.
Play annotation Doll, séek'. É! Ch'a tle
Doll. Oh! Just
Play annotation déi sagóoch x̱at uwajáḵ aa.
I just was so happy.
Play annotation Freshman-x̱ x̱at sitee áwé
I was a freshman
Play annotation Wrangell Institute.
at Wrangell Institute.
Play annotation Ax̱ bunk-i káa yéi {yéi x̱- yéi x̱- y-} G̱anúkch.
She would sit on my bunk.
Play annotation School-dáx̱ neil x̱wagoodí áwé hóoch',
When I got home from school, all gone,
Play annotation ḵut gasgítch.
she'd be lost.
Play annotation Du G̱áa ḵux̱ashee nooch.
I always searched for her.
Play annotation Yá seniors áwé has di G̱anúu yei.ádi kát káa yékch.
She'd be sitting on the seniors' bed.
Play annotation "Ah, gee, Helen I'm sorry."
Play annotation "Ḵúnáx̱ áwé shakliG̱éik', ách áwé."
"She's so cute, that's why."
Play annotation I jeedáx̱ has ool-
From you they-
Play annotation Ax̱ jeedáx̱ áwé has du aayí has du
They would take it from me and
Play annotation yei.ádi káx' has G̱anúkch.
sit her on their bed.
Play annotation X̱át ḵu.aa áwé
As for me
Play annotation gooshúḵ táakwx̱ x̱at sitee áwé
I was 9 years old
Play annotation TB sanitorium-x' yéi x̱at wootee.
when I was at the TB sanitorium.
Play annotation Áwé shakliG̱éi wé sík' ax̱ jeet wududzinúk, tle
It was so cute, the little doll they gave to me,
Play annotation tle wé a kát tá aa at een.
she was sleeping in it (a basket.)
Play annotation Áwé altín shaawát, wé tléináx̱ shaatk'átsk'ú.
So see, woman, this one little girl.
Play annotation Ax̱ yáanáx̱ áwé litseen.
She was stronger than me.
Play annotation Tle ax̱ jeetx̱ aawas'éil'.
She just tore it from my hands.
Play annotation Ch'a yeisú a káx̱ ḵutulagaaw,
While we were still fighting over it,
Play annotation shakaawawál'.
her head broke.
Play annotation G̱áax̱ch x̱at uwajáḵw du daat áwé ax̱ séek'.
I really, really cried for that doll.
Play annotation ???
It was just an empty body.
Play annotation Toowú néekwx̱
So much sorrow
Play annotation ḵúnáx̱ x̱waatée.
I found.
Play annotation Áwé,
So,
Play annotation tle shux'wáanáx̱ ax̱ jeet wududzinoogu át áwé.
that is the first thing I ever got.
Play annotation Áwé i een áwé kakḵwalaneek wáanáx̱ sáyá.
I want to tell you this for this reason.
Play annotation Ax̱ éesh ḵa ax̱ tláa ḵúnáx̱
My father and my mother really
Play annotation ??? kawligéiḵ.
forbid ???
Play annotation Hél ḵu.aa s awuskú.
But they didn't know.
Play annotation Ch'a wáa sá has x̱'ayaḵá,
What they said,
Play annotation "Yóonáx̱ aadéi nagú."
"Go on that other side."
Play annotation "Áa kanees.óok' ."
"Go play there."
Play annotation Aax̱ áwé ḵúnáx̱ has du x̱'éit x̱wasa.áx̱ch.
From there I would really listen to them carefully.
Play annotation Áwé altín um,
So see um,
Play annotation Ch'a shukát ḵu.aa áwé, Peter Jack gé ysikóo?
Just before that though, you remember Peter Jack?
Play annotation Daa sá?
What?
Play annotation Peter Jack. Aáa, aáa.
Peter Jack. Yes, yes.
Play annotation Áwé ax̱ tláa, ax̱ éesh kéilk' áwé.
He was my mother's, my dad's nephew.
Play annotation Áwé
That's when
Play annotation at toox̱aayídáx̱ áwé,
when we got through eating,
Play annotation {haa, haa,} haat oogootch.
he would come to our place.
Play annotation Ax̱ éeshch áwé haa ee latóow,
My dad would be teaching us,
Play annotation wéi gaaw.
the drumming.
Play annotation Wáa sá dul'eix̱.
How people dance.
Play annotation Wáa sá ax̱ tuwáa sigóo.
Oh how I loved it.
Play annotation Hél tsú tléik' yoo ???
I don't [say???] no.
Play annotation "Góok!"
"Go ahead!"
Play annotation K'idaak x̱washk'éinch.
I'd jump down.
Play annotation Yeisú keijín táakwx̱ x̱at sitee.
I was only 5.
Play annotation Áwé altín k'idéin {tle, tle, tle}
So see, really well
Play annotation wáa sá agwáal ax̱ éesh.
how my dad was drumming,
Play annotation Tle áyáx̱ ḵux̱waanóok.
I did it accordingly.
Play annotation Áwé
That's when
Play annotation wéi
that
Play annotation wáa sá hél x̱wasakú wéi hall Juneau-x'.
I don't know the name of that hall in Juneau.
Play annotation Aadéi haa, aadéi haa duwatee du een.
They took us there with him (Peter Jack.)
Play annotation É! Ldakát ḵáa áwé al'eix̱.
Wow! Everybody was dancing.
Play annotation Á wuháan ???
Us ???
Play annotation Wáa sá i toowúch?
What do you think?
Play annotation Yan ḵuyawtuwadláḵ.
We really beat everyone in (dancing).
Play annotation Hél x̱at oolgé. Áyá yéi x̱at gusigéink'.
I wasn't big. I was that small.
Play annotation Ax̱ katáagu ḵín ax̱-
I [looked?] less than my age-
Play annotation Gwál daax'oon táakw yáx̱ áwé x̱át ḵaa tuwáa x̱at yatee.
Maybe I looked like I was 4 years old.
Play annotation Áwé altín ax̱ éesh
So see my dad
Play annotation x̱at shukaawajáa.
he showed me how.
Play annotation "Tle wáa sá x̱agwáal áyáx̱ áwé {yaa k-}
"Just the way I'm drumming,
Play annotation áyáx̱ áwé yaa kG̱eeháan."
that's the way you're going to move."
Play annotation "Góok!" Tlax̱ ax̱ tuwáa ḵ'asigóo.
"Go ahead!" It was so fun for me.
Play annotation Peter Jack ḵu.aa ch'a koogéiyi áwé ???
Peter Jack, though, just any old way ???
Play annotation Tláakwdei ndusḵéich tsú.
They would get after him.
Play annotation Áwé yéi daayax̱aḵá,
I told him,
Play annotation "K'idéin anal'eix̱!"
"Dance good!"
Play annotation {wáan-} WáanG̱aneens
Sometimes
Play annotation prize yagax̱toodláaḵ x̱á.
we will win a prize.
Play annotation "Haa jeet yéi at gax̱dutée shákdéi."
"Maybe they'll give us the prize."
Play annotation Hél daa sá yawtoodlaaḵ.
We didn't win anything.
Play annotation Ch'a aan ḵu.aa,
Even then,
Play annotation wáa sá {ḵaa tuwáa si-} ḵaa tuwáa wsigóo.
how people loved it.
Play annotation Wáa ḵaa tuwáa wsigóo wé sáwé tle
People loved it so much then
Play annotation aax̱ has x̱at woosháat.
they picked me up.
Play annotation Kéináx̱ áwé yaa x̱at nasgít ???
They lifted me above their heads. [Because people wanted to hold her.]
Play annotation Ax̱ tláa áx̱ x̱at yawsináaḵ tle.
My mother ran after me.
Play annotation "Ax̱ séek', gax̱dutáaw."
"My little doll baby, they'll steal her."
Play annotation Áwé ḵaa jeedáx̱ ḵux̱ x̱at uwas'él'.
She tore me from people's hands.
Play annotation Uh ch'a yeisú hél tsu tléix' Sunday shawuxeexí áwé,
And then, not even a week later,
Play annotation Wéi Catholic Priest yan ax̱ neil uwagút.
the Catholic priest came to my house.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ kawdigwál. {X'áa-}
He was very angry.
Play annotation Tle
Then
Play annotation x'áan du yaadé x̱wsiteen.
I saw anger in his face.
Play annotation Du ée akux̱dlix̱éitl'.
I was afraid of him.
Play annotation Huh!
Well!
Play annotation Tle,
Then,
Play annotation ax̱ éesh ḵa ax̱ tláa, "Yóonáx̱ aadéi nagú."
my dad and my mom, "Go to the other side."
Play annotation Tle wáa x'áan tunoogú sáwé, "Tléil aadéi kḵwagoot.
He was so angry, "I'm not going to go there.
Play annotation "Ax̱ tuwáa sigóo hóoch tsú awu.aax̱í."
"I want her to hear it too." (said the priest.)
Play annotation Ax̱ toowóoch ḵú ax̱ tláa jeedáx̱ {yá x̱a-} x̱at gax̱dus'éil' tsú.
I thought they were going to tear me away from my mother again.
Play annotation Ax̱ toowú yanéekw.
I was heartbroken.
Play annotation Áwé altín,
So see,
Play annotation tle yéi ayawsiḵáa ax̱ éesh ḵa ax̱ tláa,
then he said to my mother and dad,
Play annotation "At yidaná yeedát.
"You guys are drinking now.
Play annotation A káa kawtushixít ya x'úx' káx'.
We wrote it down on this paper.
Play annotation At yidaná.
You folks drink.
Play annotation A kináadei áyá,
On top of that,
Play annotation Lingít x̱'éináx̱ ḵa Lingít
Tlingit language and Tlingit
Play annotation aadé ḵuwanóogu yé
doings
Play annotation a kináadei áwé {yéi daa} yéi jeeyné.
on top of that you're doing that.
Play annotation Tle yá Church
And this church
Play annotation tugéidei áwé yaa nayeesgít.
you're working against it.
Play annotation Yee jeedáx̱ yei has gax̱tusanée, i yátx'i."
We're going to take your children away from you."
Play annotation Wáa sá ax̱ éesh ḵa ax̱ tláa, wáa sá s du tuwáa sigóo wé Catholic Church.
How my mother and dad loved the Catholic church.
Play annotation Áwé
That
Play annotation tle áyá
and this
Play annotation {yéi x̱at} yéi s daayaduḵá ax̱ tláa ḵa ax̱ éesh.
they were saying to my mom and dad.
Play annotation "Haa yáa yanaysaḵá,
"Swear before us,
Play annotation hél Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo,
no Tlingit language
Play annotation has du éet gax̱yeelatóow."
you won't teach them."
Play annotation Áwé
So
Play annotation tle, tle kéi s jiwlitsáḵ.
they just raised their hands.
Play annotation Ch'a aax̱ áyá hél has tuwáa ushgú ax̱ tláa ḵa ax̱ éesh yá Lingít yoo x̱'atánk.
From there they didn't want the Tlingit language, my mother and my father.
Play annotation Ax̱ toowú yanéekw, Helen, yéi áwé.
I was heartbroken, Helen, that's it.
Play annotation Ḵux̱aajée.
I imagine it.
Play annotation Tle, tle yeex' tle has du jeetx̱ áwé yéi haa yawdudzinee.
Then they took us away from our parents.
Play annotation Aadé ???
The way ???
Play annotation A ??? has haa wshik'aan.
They hated us for it.
Play annotation Ch'a wáa sá x̱wasgeedí tle
No matter what I did
Play annotation ḵushtuyáx̱ tsu yak'éiyi déin ḵux̱anoogú,
even when I did the right things,
Play annotation has du tugéide wusitee.
it was always against how they felt.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé,
That's when
Play annotation uh, school yóo tuwa.át, wa.é tsú.
we went to school; you did too.
Play annotation Mrs.Davis.
Mrs. Davis
Play annotation Marion
Marion
Play annotation Tassel
Tassel
Play annotation Hél tlax̱ sgóoni yoo wugoot.
She didn't hardly go to school.
Play annotation Awlitín wéi du kéek' hás ḵa du éek' hás.
She took care of her little brothers and sisters.
Play annotation Neilú G̱anúkch.
She would sit at home.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens ḵú áx̱ goodín.
Sometimes though she went there.
Play annotation Há át wugoodí áwé altínx̱
When she went there, she watches,
Play annotation wéi teacher een x̱at kaawanéek
she told the teacher on me
Play annotation Lingít yoo x̱'atángi.
(for using the)Tlingit language.
Play annotation X̱wasikóo.
I know.
Play annotation Tle- Áa x̱'akawdudligéiḵ.
They forbade it.
Play annotation Áwé yéi s
So
Play annotation ??? wéi school-x' yan [lutu.aadí???] áwé kei x̱at kaawanéek.
when we got back to school she told on me.
Play annotation Áwé Mrs.Davis tle ḵúnáx̱ x̱at woojáaḵw.
Mrs. Davis really beat me up.
Play annotation [Ch'al satí???] áwé ax̱ shá hél aax̱ kéi awus'éil'.
It's a wonder she didn't tear my head right off.
Play annotation Ax̱ shax̱aawóoch áwé x̱at wusix̱óot'.
She was dragging me around by my hair.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé wéi
And then the
Play annotation x'ús'
(long) ruler (club)
Play annotation tle hóoch'i aayí dei aan ax̱ jín aawax̱ísht.
with all of her might she hit my wrist.
Play annotation Wáa du ée akx̱walx̱éetl' sáwé hél yéi yax̱wsaḵaa.
I was so frightened by her I didn't [tell her/confess???].
Play annotation Neildéi kḵwagóot.
I'll go home.
Play annotation Ch'a koogéiyi áwé gáant x̱wajixíx.
I ran home carelessly.
Play annotation Ax̱,
My,
Play annotation ax̱ kinaa.ádi G̱óot.
without my coat.
Play annotation Áwé neil x̱ashéex áwé ax̱ éesh x̱ánt x̱wajixíx.
Soon as I got home I ran to my dad.
Play annotation "Wáa sáwé iwoonei, Sík'?"
"What happened to you, Daughter?"
Play annotation "Ḵúnáx̱ x̱at woojáaḵ wéi teacher."
"The teacher really beat me up."
Play annotation Ax̱ jín awdliG̱én ax̱ éesh.
My dad saw my hand.
Play annotation Tle wudliḵách.
It was swollen.
Play annotation Yisikóo ḵúnáx̱ ligéi wéi haa teacher-i.
You know that she was a very big woman, our teacher.
Play annotation Hél yoo x̱'atángi G̱óot áwé wudihaan ax̱ éesh.
My dad got up without a word.
Play annotation Du {ku-} kinaa.ádi káx̱ awditee ḵa du s'áaxw.
He put his jacket on and his hat.
Play annotation Ax̱ jínt uwashée {ax̱,} tláakw yaa x̱at jinatán.
He held my hand and quickly led me along.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé ḵux̱ ax̱alG̱éin áwé ax̱ tláa haa ítx̱ yaa nashíx.
Then I looked back and my mother was running behind us.
Play annotation Ch'a yeisú keijín táakwx̱ x̱at sitee ch'a aan áwé hél yaa ḵux̱laG̱áat.
I was only 5 and I still up to this day have never forgotten.
Play annotation Tle {át haa l- át,} át haa jeewutaan áwé x̱at jeewanáḵ ax̱ éesh.
When we got there my dad let my hand go.
Play annotation Wáa áx' x̱waax̱éetl'i sáwé wéi
I was so scared, the
Play annotation x̱'ahaat x̱ánt áwé {ax̱,}
next to the door
Play annotation kát áwé áx̱ shakax̱wdligán.
I leaned against it.
Play annotation Tle,
Then,
Play annotation tle ax̱ éesh ax̱satéen áwé yóot ayawdihán.
then when she saw my dad, she ran away.
Play annotation Áwé ldakát,
Every
Play annotation wéi ch'áakw, wéi
that long ago,
Play annotation shúx'aa aayí wéi,
the first one,
Play annotation áax' haa ée at dultóowu yé
where they used to teach us
Play annotation tle yá
just there
Play annotation shóox'u yéi yatee,
she lived at the end,
Play annotation Mrs.Davis.
Mrs. Davis.
Play annotation Áwé altín aadéi yawsinaaḵ ax̱ éesh.
So see, my dad chased her there.
Play annotation Ax̱ éeshch aadéi
My dad
Play annotation tle hóoch'i aayí dei
with all his might
Play annotation he said
None
Play annotation {yéi x̱at} yéi ayawsiḵáa,
he said to her,
Play annotation "Ix̱'akḵwagwált.
"I'm going to beat you up.
Play annotation Ḵushtuyáx̱ jail-x' yéi x̱at,
I don't care if I go to jail,
Play annotation jail x̱at wudusnoogú.
if they put me in jail.
Play annotation Wáa sáwé daa.eenéi ax̱ séek'?
What are you doing to my little daughter?
Play annotation Du jín ch'a ldakát yax̱ awdliḵách.
Her hands are all swollen up.
Play annotation Ḵa du shax̱aawú ch'a át yisax̱óot'.
And you pulled her around by her hair.
Play annotation Hél gé eeteen aadéi ksigéink'i yé?"
Can't you see how little she is?"
Play annotation Wé a daa aawagwált.
He punched her several times.
Play annotation "Eetí yáanáx̱ ikḵwajáaḵ ch'a
"I'm going to beat you up more if
Play annotation ch'a du daat eeshéeni tsu.
if you ever touch her again.
Play annotation {wáa sáyá} Wáa sá yee tuwáa yatee yá Lingít yoo x̱'atángi?"
What is it you folks hate about the Tlingit language?"
Play annotation Aax̱ nagóot áwé akwdlix̱éetl' wéi teacher.
When my dad left the teacher was so scared.
Play annotation Ch'a aax̱ áwé hél tsu ax̱ éet wooshí.
From there on she never touched me.
Play annotation Tle x̱at nalgé áwé {tsu} tsu akaawa.aaḵw.
When I got bigger she tried again.
Play annotation Áwé du jeedáx̱ tóoch x̱wadis'él'.
I tore myself away from her.
Play annotation Gee.
Play annotation Hél yáx̱ x̱wajeeyín tlax̱ yéi has wuteeyí.
I didn't realize they were that way.
Play annotation Tle ḵúnáx̱ tlél has wushk'é.
They've always been no good.
Play annotation Tléik'.
No.
Play annotation Uháan ḵu.aa,
But we,
Play annotation Lucy ḵa Clara een áwé át haa,
with Clara and Lucy we
Play annotation ash katoolyát nooch.
always played together.
Play annotation Áwé ch'a tlákw Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo x̱'atuli.átk wóoch.een.
We used to talk Tlingit together all the time.
Play annotation Sgóonx' ḵu.aa áwé, tléik'.
But in school, no.
Play annotation Yéi ḵutuwa.áx̱.
We heard that.
Play annotation Ḵaa jín áwé {dush-}.
People's hands they'd-
Play annotation Hél tsu x̱wasateen,
I never saw anything like that,
Play annotation x̱áach.
me.
Play annotation Hél yéi,
Not,
Play annotation hél Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo x̱'awtula.áat sgóonx'.
we never spoke Tlingit in school.
Play annotation X̱át dei ch'a wéi Marion áwé kéi x̱at kaawaník.
Me now, that Marion told on me.
Play annotation Há!
So!
Play annotation Tlax̱, tlax̱ ḵúdáx̱.
That was too much.
Play annotation Dleit shaawát yáx̱ góosh daa toowditee, hél x̱wasakú.
Maybe she felt like she was a white girl, I don't know. (She was identifying with her white side.)
Play annotation Uh, hél tlax̱ sgóon yóo wugoot á shákdéi áwé l k'idéin daa sá awuskú.
Uh, maybe it's because she didn't go to school too much, she didn't know too much.
Play annotation Lingít yinaanáx̱ tsú.
Even on the Tlingit side.
Play annotation Aaá.
Yes.
Play annotation Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo x̱'ayatánk ḵu.aa.
She spoke Tlingit though.
Play annotation Áwé,
So,
Play annotation hél shákdéi {a kát yis-} hél x̱wasakú, a kát [yisawoo???] aaG̱áa.
maybe not, I don't know, [she forgot about it???] at that time.
Play annotation Wé tléix'dahéen tle, tlákw át ḵux̱wdlit'éet wéi cigarettes.
Oh I was always looking around for cigarettes.
Play annotation K'idéin shax̱lahéek áwé wtuwa.áat.
When I filled it up good (her cap), we'd go.
Play annotation Waḵ áa yéi yatee yé, yisikóo gé?
Do you know the place where Waḵ lives?
Play annotation Wé hítk'. Aaá, aaá.
That little house? Yes, yes.
Play annotation Gwál wa.é tsú ???
Maybe you too ???
Play annotation Hél x̱wasakú.
I don't know.
Play annotation Ax' áwé sh x̱'atudas'éiḵ.
That's where we were smoking cigarettes.
Play annotation Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo x̱'atuli.átk'. É.
We spoke Tlingit. Wow.
Play annotation Tlax̱ wáa sá haa toowú sigóo.
We were so happy.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé {nax̱}
That is when
Play annotation Aax̱, aax̱ [wutuwa.át???]
we left there.
Play annotation Tle,
Then,
Play annotation neil x̱agóot áwé, ax̱ tláa,
when I came home, my mother,
Play annotation "Goodáx̱ sáwé yaa neegút, Sík'?"
"Where are you coming from, Daughter?"
Play annotation "Oh, Waḵ hídi áwé
"Oh, Waḵ's house
Play annotation áx' Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'atuli.átk'."
that's where we were speaking Tlingit."
Play annotation "Haaw.
"Well.
Play annotation Há likoodzí."
How amazing."
Play annotation S'eiḵ tóot satéen.
The house was in smoke.
Play annotation Ax̱ toowóoch ḵú tlax̱ ḵúnáx̱ x̱at guG̱wajáaḵ ax̱ éesh.
I thought my dad was going to give me a real hard licking.
Play annotation Ax̱ tláa áwé yashóoḵ.
He was smiling at my mother.
Play annotation "Yisikóo hél áwé,
"You know there is no way
Play annotation áyáx̱ has du ée
with her
Play annotation ch'a aadéi yéi G̱ax̱too.óo.
we'll have to forgive her. [Her parents were disappointed in her but didn't spank her.]
Play annotation Lingít ch'a tlákw áwé a káx̱ x̱'adudliG̱éiḵ altín wéi haa yoo x̱'atángi.
They're always trying to stop her, see, from speaking the Tlingit language.
Play annotation Á ḵúnáx̱ akwdlix̱éitl', hél
She's really afraid, don't
Play annotation {haa} a x̱'áax'u duwajáaḵw, ilí eesháan.
we could give her a licking but we won't. Have pity on her.
Play annotation ??? ḵu.aa wé [yawtuwajeigí???] kei {yagax̱tooch-}
[We're going to punish her???]
Play annotation Tláakw du een yoo x̱'agax̱tula.áat."
We're going to speak to her about it."
Play annotation Ch'a x̱áawé ax̱ éesh ḵa ax̱ tláa has sh kalneegí,
When my mother and dad are talking,
Play annotation ḵushtuyáx̱ wáa ḵux̱as.óok' sáwé
even though I'm really playing
Play annotation tléináx̱,
all my myself,
Play annotation ax̱ gúk áwé ḵalashátch, áx' has sh kalneek yé.
I would cup my ears to where they were talking.
Play annotation Yagéi at áx̱ haa kawdudligéiḵ tsú wéi
There were a lot of things they forbade us to do, the
Play annotation ḵoo.éex'.
memorial parties.
Play annotation Áx̱ gé kawdudligéiḵ?
Did they forbid that?
Play annotation Tléik', hél ḵoo.éex't wutoo.aat. Hél yaa yagoogútjin.
No, we didn't go to parties. We never used to go.
Play annotation Ax̱ toowóoch hél át wutoo.aat.
I don't believe we went.
Play annotation Ax̱ léelk'w hás.
My grandparents.
Play annotation Ách yáa Juneau-x' haa shákdéi aaG̱áa shaatk'átsk'ux̱ haa sitee.
Because here in Juneau, maybe at that time we were little girls.
Play annotation Xunaat ḵux̱waateen áwé tsá x̱wsiteen.
When I went to Hoonah I really saw it.
Play annotation Ḵoo.éex'.
Potlatches.
Play annotation Ho ho ch'u tle déi sagóoch x̱at uwajáḵ.
Oh, I was so thrilled.
Play annotation Has x̱alatín áwé ax̱ léelk'u hás.
I watched my grandparents.
Play annotation Johnny Fawcett dleit ḵaa x̱'éináx̱, hél x̱wasakú ch'a Lingít saayí.
Johnny Fawcett in English, I don't know his Tlingit name.
Play annotation Tseexwá.
[Name?]
Play annotation Jeexwáa ax̱ sáni áwé ch'a aan áwé.
Jeexwáa was my uncle but even so.
Play annotation X̱át tsú ax̱ sáni áwé.
He was my uncle too.
Play annotation J.C Johnson, ha.é!
J. C. Johnson, wow!
Play annotation Boy, shux'wáa has x̱wasateení,
Boy, when I first saw them,
Play annotation neildéi yaa s na.ádi áwé,
when they came (dancing) in,
Play annotation ḵúnáx̱ áwé neil has aawal'eix̱.
they really came in.
Play annotation Yóo áwé, hó hó.
This is the way, ho, ho.
Play annotation Ch'u tle dé!
I was thrilled!
Play annotation Watching them, has x̱alatínni.
When I watch them.
Play annotation Gee, ḵúnáx̱ áwé sagóoch x̱at uwajáḵ has x̱alatínni.
Gee, I was so thrilled watching them.
Play annotation Jeexwáa áwé x'óow t'éik aawal'eix̱ wéi,
Jeewhaa danced behind a blanket,
Play annotation Shux'wáa áwé x̱wsiteen ḵoo.éex' áx'.
I saw my first potlatch there.
Play annotation Hél shaatk'átsk'ux̱ x̱at sateeyí,
When I was a little girl,
Play annotation yáa X'aa T'áak aa x̱wsateen.
I didn't see any in Douglas.
Play annotation Ch'a neil shákdéi yóo haa dusḵéejin, hél x̱wasakú.
Maybe they used to leave us at home, I don't know.
Play annotation Haa ax̱ toowóoch ḵú haa een át iya.át é.
I thought you used to go with us, gee.
Play annotation Wéi school,
The school,
Play annotation wéix' haa ée at dultóowu yé,
there where they taught us,
Play annotation diyeenaa wáanG̱aneens áwé ḵaa náawu áa yan ustáaych.
in the basement sometimes there were dead bodies there (kept there before the funeral).
Play annotation Church ḵú yóo too.átgin ch'a tlákw Sunday.
We used to go to church every Sunday.
Play annotation Ḵa week days ch'a meeting.
And week days just meeting.
Play annotation At tooshée nooch, ha.é.
We used to sing, wow.
Play annotation {ax̱ tuwáa,} Haa tuwáa sagóowun.
We really loved it.
Play annotation Clara ḵa Lucy.
Clara and Lucy.
Play annotation Ḵa wa.é. Oh, goodness, ḵúnáx̱ áwé haa tuwáa wsigóo.
And you. Oh, goodness, we sure loved it.
Play annotation Church songs toosheeyí.
When we sing church songs.
Play annotation {WáanG̱anee-} ??? -liG̱éi uháan tsu wéi Presyterian ḵa Salvation Army.
We went to both Presbyterian and Salvation Army.
Play annotation Wáa sá haa tuwáa wsigóo.
Oh, how we loved it.
Play annotation Ax̱ éesh yéi x̱at daayaḵá,
My dad said to me,
Play annotation "Presbyterian-x̱ áyá x̱at satéeyin, Sík' "
"I used to be a Presbyterian, Daughter."
Play annotation "K'e áa ḵux̱ idagú!
"Go back there, (Dad)!
Play annotation X̱át tsú i een áa ḵúx̱dei kḵwada.áat.
I'll go back there with you.
Play annotation Presbyterian-x̱ haa gux̱satée."
We'll be Presbyterians."
Play annotation "I tláa ḵúnáx̱ [tláax'w???].
"Your mother won't like this.
Play annotation Hél i tláa een keeneegíḵ.
"Don't tell your mother.
Play annotation I een sh kax̱alneegí."
That I'm talking to you about this."
Play annotation Áyá ḵoo.éex' ḵu.aa wé,
But these potlatches,
Play annotation yéi áwé kakoogéi,
it's this big (hole that they would peek through),
Play annotation gwál a ḵín.
maybe smaller.
Play annotation Áx' áwé tulatínch.
Through there (hole) we would watch.
Play annotation Aadé ḵutootéesinch.
We would stare there (through that little hole).
Play annotation É!
Oh, my!
Play annotation Daa sá? ??? nooch wéi atx̱á. Oh, ḵoo.éex' gé?
What? ??? those foods. Oh, a potlatch?
Play annotation Há!
Is that so!
Play annotation Wáa ??? áx̱ haa kdudligéiḵ ??? yak'éiyi át?
Why are they keeping us away from something that's so good?
Play annotation Tle tle ḵúnáx̱ áyú strict, x̱áawé.
They were really strict, see.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱.
Really.
Play annotation Hás aan wuduwa.áx̱ uháan.
We didn't pay attention (though).
Play annotation Ax̱ shátx̱,
My older sister
Play annotation tle yéi x̱at daayaḵáa nooch,
used to tell me,
Play annotation "Catholic áyá wuháan.
"We're Catholic.
Play annotation {tlél aadéi} Hél aadé
We cannot
Play annotation ḵáa yáx̱ ḵunax̱tuwanoogu yé."
do those things like (other) people."
Play annotation Wáa sá x̱shik'áan ax̱ shátx̱.
Oh, I sure didn't like my older sister.
Play annotation Hél yéi haa daayaduḵáayin, ch'a
They didn't used to say that to us,
Play annotation ch'a k'át uháan áwé
at least us, anyway,
Play annotation Protestant-x̱ haa sitee.
We were Protestants.
Play annotation Ldakát uháan church-dei ldakát uháan natoo.átjin.
All of us to church, we all used to go to church.
Play annotation {haa sagóo,} Sagóoch yax̱ haa yaklajáḵ adátx'ix̱ haa sateeyí.
We used to get so thrilled when we were little.
Play annotation K'idéin áwé haa een has ḵusteeyín wé
They really treated us good, those
Play annotation preachers ḵa ch'a wáa sá.
preachers and whoever.
Play annotation Wéi at shí.
Those songs.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ sagóo yáx̱ áwé has,
Real happiness,
Play annotation has at shí nooch. Aáa, hú tsú áx̱ too.át nooch, du aayí.
they always sang. Yes, him too, we used to go there, to his.
Play annotation Wáa sá ax̱ tuwáa has wusigóo Mr. and Mrs.Wagner.
Oh, how I loved that Mr. and Mrs. Wagner.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ áyá haa wsix̱án.
They really loved us.
Play annotation É! Du jín áwé {le-}
Wow! Her hands
Play annotation ch'ás du jín áwé,
just her hands,
Play annotation wáa sá a kát na.átch wéi, wéi piano.
oh how they'd move on the piano.
Play annotation Ax̱ tuwáa ḵ'asigóo.
I used to just love that.
Play annotation Áwé altín tlél ax̱ tuwáa wushgú
So see I didn't like
Play annotation yá Catholic-x̱ satí.
being a Catholic.
Play annotation Há.
Is that so?
Play annotation Tle yéi x̱at, tle yéi x̱at tuwatee.
This is how I used to feel.
Play annotation Aadáx̱ x̱at guG̱wa.wáat.
I'm going to come to that age.
Play annotation A tóodáx̱ yei kḵwagóot.
I'm going to leave (the church).
Play annotation Héil ax̱ tuwáa wushgú.
I didn't like it.
Play annotation Ax̱ éesh yéi daayax̱aḵáa neech,
I used to tell my dad,
Play annotation "Yá Mrs.Wagner ḵa Mr.Wagner has
"That Mrs. Wagner and Mr. Wagner, their
Play annotation church-i wáa sá ax̱ tuwáa sigóo, Éesh."
church, how Iove it, Dad."
Play annotation Áwé yéi x̱at yanasḵéich,
He'd say to me,
Play annotation "Hél i yáx̱ iwoowáat yeisú, Sík',
"You're still not old enough yet, Daughter,
Play annotation yaa a tóodáx̱ yaa yigoodí.
to leave it (the church).
Play annotation Ḵa yisikóo a tóox' héent iyawduwatée."
And you know you were baptized in it (the Catholic church)."
Play annotation "Ax̱ toowóoch ḵú yéi x̱'ayaḵá neejín ḵushtuyáx̱ goox' sá héent x̱at yawduwatée.
"I think though he/she always used to say it doesn't matter where I was baptized.
Play annotation A tóodáx̱ yei kḵwagóot."
I'm going to leave it."
Play annotation Ḵúdáx̱, ḵúdáx̱.
Too much. Too much.
Play annotation Haa een tlél has wushk'é.
They were very unkind to us.
Play annotation Yá Lingít yóo x̱'atángi haa jeetx̱ has aawatée.
They took the Tlingit language away from us.
Play annotation Ch'a tlaagú x̱áawé.
Oh, my goodness.
Play annotation Wéi yéi has wootee.
That's the way they were.
Play annotation Yéi ḵú {has} x̱aan has akanik noojín,
This is what they used to say to us though,
Play annotation "Wéi atyátx'i Catholic school yóo s átgi,
"Those kids that go to Catholic school,
Play annotation ḵúnáx̱ has dujáaḵ noojín yáa ḵaa
they really used to beat them up, those people,
Play annotation wéi Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'atánk."
for speaking the Tlingit language."
Play annotation Ch'u tle déi x'áant has oonúkch x̱aan has akaneegí.
They were pretty angry when they were telling me about it.
Play annotation Hú áwé x̱aan sh kalneek noojín.
It was her that used to tell me this.
Play annotation Has dux̱íshdi nooch a káx'.
They used to spank them for it.
Play annotation Hél ḵu.aa tlax̱ Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo hás x̱'eil.átk',
They hardly spoke Tlingit,
Play annotation wéi adátx'i áa yóo s átgi.
the kids that went there.
Play annotation A kaax' ách áwé hél has du tuwáa ushguwóoch áwé.
Because they (school) didn't like it, that's why.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ áwé x'aan ax̱ tóo yéi s awsinee.
They really put anger inside of me.
Play annotation X̱at ḵ'awligwátl. Wáa sáyá tlax̱ yéi,
I'm flabbergasted. Why was it that,
Play annotation {ax̱} tlél ax̱ tuwáa
I didn't,
Play annotation hél ax̱ tuwáax' wáa sá utí yá Lingítx̱ ḵaa sateeyí.
it didn't bother me to be Tlingit.
Play annotation Wáa sáyá tlax̱ ??? has haa wshik'aan?
Why did they hate us so much?
Play annotation Gwál x̱át ḵaa yáanáx̱.
Maybe me more than anyone.
Play annotation Ax̱ shátx̱ ḵu.aa x̱á ch'a yóok' áwé school-dáx̱ woogoot.
My sister left school early.
Play annotation X̱át ḵu.aa,
As for me,
Play annotation Tle ḵaa jishax'wáni l x̱wagootch.
I used to walk in to an unhappy situation.
Play annotation Áwé altín ax̱ tláa
So see, my mother
Play annotation ḵa ax̱ éesh
and my dad
Play annotation tláakw yóo ayawsiḵáa wéi school teacher.
really told the teacher off.
Play annotation Has kawdichák aax̱.
They decided to pack and leave.
Play annotation Petersburg-déi haa gux̱lagwáas'.
We were leaving for Petersburg.
Play annotation Wáa sá kwshé wé at woonee dé North Sea.
I don't know what happened to the "North Sea". [A big steamship]
Play annotation Yisikóo át naḵúx̱jin.
You know, it used to travel around.
Play annotation Dei a yéidei áwé yan haa uwanée.
We were ready to leave on it.
Play annotation A wáa yoo at koonée sáwé tle, aax̱ yéi wootee.
I don't know what happened that it was called off.
Play annotation Gwál ch'a Dikee Aanḵáawuch at kawu.áaḵw áwé.
Maybe it was God's will.
Play annotation Tle hóoch' aayí dei x̱at woonéekw.
I got really sick.
Play annotation Ax̱ tláa
My mother
Play annotation {Xunaadáx̱} Xunaadéi ḵunatéen.
went to Hoonah.
Play annotation Aadéi wduwasháa.
She got married there.
Play annotation Áyá x̱wasikóo.
I know.
Play annotation Ax̱ shátx̱-
My older sister
Play annotation James, wáa sá dusáagun?
James, what was his name?
Play annotation Silas.
Silas
Play annotation Áyáx̱ áwé.
That's right.
Play annotation Áa yéi haa teeyí áwé ax̱ x̱án.aa.
Me and my husband lived there at that time.
Play annotation Ax̱ x̱án.aa Eddy,
My husband, Eddie,
Play annotation eesháan, tle ??? sitee yeedát.
poor thing, he's gone now.
Play annotation Uh, Russian Orthodox-x̱ áwé satéeyin.
He was Russian Orthodox.
Play annotation Hél ḵa wáa sá ax̱ tóo utéeyin, yéi áwé ax̱ tundatáani yéi naneich.
That's all right, I would think in my mind.
Play annotation Ch'as [woo???] hú, hú awé.
He's just the only one. [Only one God.]
Play annotation Du jeedéi x̱'atudagáx' nuch.
We pray to him.
Play annotation Tléix' áwé yatee.
There's only one (God).
Play annotation Churches ḵú shayadihéin.
There's many churches though.
Play annotation Kéi x̱at wuwáadi ítdáx̱ áwé yéi ax̱ tundatáani yéi wjix̱ín.
After I grew up I [made up???] my mind.
Play annotation Á x̱atóow nuch tsú x'úx' káx'.
I always read it in the book.
Play annotation A tóot kéi x̱at uwawát Church.
I grew up in the church.
Play annotation Tle ḵúnáx̱
Really
Play annotation {ax̱- at-} ??? k'idéin
??? really well
Play annotation A kát x̱at seiwx'áḵw how to say it Lingít x̱'éináx̱.
I forgot how to say it in Tlingit.
Play annotation Áwé kéi x̱at gawáat áwé, há,
When I got older, oh,
Play annotation haaw, ch'a at géide at x̱a.áx̱ji nuch.
I used to hear things in the wrong way.
Play annotation Ch'u tle déi ax̱ toowú
Then I was
Play annotation diyéex' yéi nateech has x̱'ax̱awóos' nuch ax̱
downhearted so I would ask my
Play annotation káak hás ḵa ax̱ shátx̱.
uncles and my older sister too.
Play annotation "Ch'a yéi áwé at yatee."
"That's just the way it is."
Play annotation Ch'a yéi áwé at yatee.
That's just the way it is.
Play annotation Yá x'úx' eetóowu tsú,
When you read this book (bible) too
Play annotation a káa gaG̱eetóow.
you'll read it in there.
Play annotation Ch'a hél a daa, tlákw a daa yóo teetángich.
Don't always, because you always think about it.
Play annotation Just accept it," yéi s x̱at yawsiḵaa.
Just accept it," that's what they told me.
Play annotation Yéi áwé x̱at tootí, x̱át tsú.
That is the way I feel too.
Play annotation Ách áwé ch'a hél wáa sá utí ax̱ x̱án.aa tsú wéi Russian Orthodox-x̱ satí.
That's why it's all right with me that my husband was Russian Orthodox.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ asx̱ánin du Church-i.
He really loved his church.
Play annotation Áwé ax̱ yáa lak'éiyin.
It used to please me.
Play annotation Ax̱ toowú k'éi nuch du jeeyís.
I was happy for him.
Play annotation Hél wáa sá utí.
It's all right.
Play annotation Ch'a tléix'
There's only one
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawú haa jee yéi yatee.
God we have.
Play annotation Hú áwé.
It's him.
Play annotation Yeisú,
Still,
Play annotation jinkaat ḵa keijín x̱at nastée áwé, altín,
when I became 15 years old, see,
Play annotation A tóodáx̱ yax̱wjixíx wéi Catholic Church.
I ran out of the Catholic church. [In her heart]
Play annotation Áwé
So
Play annotation ch'as tléix' dís shuwuxeex áwé.
just one month went by.
Play annotation Jinkaat táakw ḵa tleidooshú x̱at wusteen.
I turned 16.
Play annotation A tóodáx̱ x̱waagoot, hél ax̱ tláa een kax̱waaneek.
I left the church and didn't tell my mother.
Play annotation Wéi Hydaburg-dáx̱ shaawát áwé ax̱ jeet kawjixít.
A young lady from Hydaburg wrote me (a little note).
Play annotation "I tuwáa gé sigóo
"Would you like to
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawu [a ítde???] yigoodí?
follow the Lord?
Play annotation I tuwáa sagoowú
"f you want
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawu
God's
Play annotation du yéet i téix̱' tóo neil wugoodí gé i tuwaa sigoo?"
son to come into your heart, do you want it?"
Play annotation Uh-huh.
Yes.
Play annotation Tle góok tle
Right away
Play annotation "yes" kax̱wshixít du jeet wuduwatée.
I wrote "yes" and someone gave it to her.
Play annotation Áwé ax̱ een sh káa x̱'awdigáx'.
That is when she prayed for me.
Play annotation Ch'a yeedát ax̱ yáa liḵ'éi, Kík'.
Up to this day I treasure it, Sis.
Play annotation Tle ch'a góot yéidei shux̱wdinóok.
I felt so different.
Play annotation Yáax' áwé daa yoo tux̱waatánk tle ḵúnáx̱ áyá has awshik'aan yá Catholic church ḵa Mrs.Davis
I start thinking of how much the Catholic church and Mrs. Davis hated
Play annotation yá Lingítx̱ haa sateeyí.
that we were Tlingit.
Play annotation Háaw, yeedát áwé hél ax̱ tuwáa ushgú tle,
And now I don't like it,
Play annotation ḵushtuyáx̱ hél ax̱ tuwaa ushgú {ḵ-} tsú; ax̱ tláa tsú x̱at woojáaḵw.
I just don't care; I don't like it; my mother gave me a licking.
Play annotation Ax̱ tláa jeet kax̱wjixít Xunaax'.
I wrote my mother a letter in Hoonah.
Play annotation Yéi daayax̱aḵá,
I told her,
Play annotation "A tóodáx̱ yax̱waagút wé Catholic church.
"I left the Catholic church.
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawu ax̱ téix̱' tóo neil uwagút.
The Lord came into my heart.
Play annotation Hél x̱wasakú gootx̱ sáyá.
I don't know where from.
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawu hídix' kḵwagóot.
I will be going to the house of God.
Play annotation Ḵushtuyáx̱ tsú Presbyterian, Salvation Army.
I don't really mind which one, the Presbyterian or Salvation Army.
Play annotation Daaḵw.aasá ax̱ tuwáa sigóo, tóodei kḵwagóot."
Whichever one I want, I'm going to."
Play annotation Áwé altín ax̱ tláa ḵúnáx̱ x'áant uwanúk.
So see my mother was really mad at me.
Play annotation Yéi x̱at daayaḵá,
She said to me,
Play annotation "Tle has du jiG̱ei ??? kei ikaawa.áa, Sík', wéi Catholic sisters.
"They raised you in their arms, Daughter, the Catholic sisters.
Play annotation Ákyá? Tle yóot has iyalít."
And you just threw them aside."
Play annotation Tlax̱ ḵúdáx̱ has x̱at woojáaḵw.
They really beat me too much.
Play annotation WáanG̱aneens hél een kax̱waneek neejín aadé s x̱at jáaḵw yé.
Sometimes I never used to tell how much they would beat me.
Play annotation Yáa Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'atánk a x̱'áax'.
Because of the Tlingit language.
Play annotation Ách áwé l ax̱ tuwáa has ushgú, tléik' hél tuwáa ushgú.
That is why I didn't like them, no, didn't like them.
Play annotation Tle Walter Soboleff {x̱-} ax̱ tuwáa sigóo x̱wasateen.
I wanted to see Walter Soboleff.
Play annotation [Du jeedéi yan koowdiyáa???]
???
Play annotation {x̱at yawsi- has du,} Haat G̱agóot.
Let him come here.
Play annotation Wéi nakwnéit.
The minister.
Play annotation Áwé altín haat uwagút hél ák' [ooheen???] áwé at uwagút wé
So see he came, he didn't [believe???] he came to the
Play annotation TB sanatorium.
TB sanatorium.
Play annotation Áx' áwé altín ax̱ een yóo x̱'awli.át.
So see, he talked to me there.
Play annotation Yéi x̱at yawsiḵaa, "Ḵushtuyáx̱ daat
He said to me, "It doesn't matter what
Play annotation Church tóo tsá eeháni.
church you're standing in.
Play annotation Dikée Aanḵáawu i téix̱' tóo neil wugoodí ch'ás áyá a káa yan ??? kG̱eeháan."
The Lord coming into your heart is all you're going to stand upon."
Play annotation Haaw, tsu ax̱ téix̱' akawliwál'.
So, he broke my heart again.
Play annotation Haaw, hél hás tsú áwé du tuwáa x̱at ushgú
So, they too don't want me.
Play annotation Yagéiyi yéidei
A lot of ways
Play annotation yá church,
the church,
Play annotation Of course it does.
Play annotation When I was, ḵúnáx̱
When I was, really
Play annotation {ax̱ tóow} shux'wáa x̱atóowu shux'wáa yaa nx̱asakwéini,
when I first read it and I was beginning to learn,
Play annotation hél yéi utí.
that isn't the way it is.
Play annotation Yá dleit ḵaa hás áwé
The white people
Play annotation áa s G̱aḵeech, é!
they'd sit there, hm!
Play annotation Hél Lingít has du tuwáa ushgú.
They didn't like Tlingits.
Play annotation Shux'áa áwé k'idéin
At the very beginning,
Play annotation x̱wasakoowú áwé ch'u tle déi wáa sá ax̱ toowú wooneekw.
when I really knew it, how sorry I was.
Play annotation Atk'átsk'u x̱at sateeyí áyá.
When I was a little kid.
Play annotation Kéi [ikG̱wawáat too???]
[You will grow up too???]
Play annotation I shantóox' yéi yakG̱watée.
It's going to be in your mind.
Play annotation Aaá
Yes.
Play annotation Yéi ásíwégé at yatee.
So that's the way it is.
Play annotation Yéi ásíwégé at yatee yáa yagiyee.
So that's the way it is today.
Play annotation {hél haa kdush-}
Play annotation Hél haa kdushtán Lingítx̱ haa sitee.
They weren't used to us Tlingits.
Play annotation Hél ḵaa tuwáa haa ushgú a x̱oo aa.
Some of them didn't like us.
Play annotation K'e yá
This
Play annotation x̱at wooshaayí dleit ḵáa
white man who is married to me
Play annotation tle tsú
also
Play annotation ḵúnáx̱ áyá ax̱ een yan uwa.át.
he really is good to me.
Play annotation Daaḵw.aasá ax̱ x̱ooníx̱ sitee tle
Whoever is my relative
Play annotation tle [a séináx̱???] ooshéeych.
he puts his arm around them.
Play annotation Yéi daayax̱aḵáa neech ax̱ x̱oonx'í.
I always tell him my relatives.
Play annotation "Wéi Helen tsú ax̱ kéek' áwé du,
"Helen is my little sister, her,
Play annotation Hél ax̱ tuwáa ushgú {s}
I don't want
Play annotation has kayshik'áan."
you to dislike them."
Play annotation "Haaw, wáa sáwé hél
"Well, why not
Play annotation yei eex̱oox̱ch een
call them over for
Play annotation Lingít atx̱aayí?
Native food?
Play annotation I [ch'ei yáx̱???] áwé Lingít atx̱aayí x̱ax̱á."
I eat the Native food you eat too."
Play annotation Tléix'dahéen tliyaatgé
One time a few days ago
Play annotation áwé,
so,
Play annotation x̱'éidáx̱ kei x̱waatán
I opened
Play annotation {uh, s-}
Play annotation kawdudlis'eG̱i ???
smoked ???
Play annotation Áwé
So
Play annotation eex̱ een x̱ach'éet.
I was eating it with (seal) oil.
Play annotation Há wáa yoo ḵalG̱éin sáwé tle hú tsú a kaadéi woojeil.
I wasn't aware of it but he too started dipping it (in the oil).
Play annotation "Hél tlax̱ ḵúdáx̱ eex̱áaḵ."
"Don't eat too much of it."
Play annotation ???
Play annotation "Hél yisakú a daat át."
"You don't know anything about it."
Play annotation He said ḵúnáx̱ áyá yak'éi du x̱'é.
He said it tasted really good.
Play annotation "Kéi ikG̱wanéekw áwé hél,
"You'll be sick
Play annotation hél i x̱'óol'ch wuskú yeisú."
if your stomach isn't acquainted with it yet."
Play annotation Yáax' áwé yá xáanaa yéi daayax̱aḵá,
This is what I told him this evening,
Play annotation "Yóot'át áwé kḵwasa.ée laaḵ'ásk."
"I'm going to cook that seaweed."
Play annotation ??? kakḵwaxáash.
I'm going to cut up ???
Play annotation Seaweed chop suey yéi kḵwasa.ée yá xáanaa."
I'm going to cook seaweed chop suey this evening."
Play annotation He said, "Ax̱ x̱'é gé aa kG̱eetée?"
He said, "Are you going to give me some?"
Play annotation "Hél x̱wasakú kG̱eex̱aayí."
"I don't know if you'll eat it."
Play annotation "Haaw,
"Well,
Play annotation ldakát át daa sá eex̱á áyá x̱ax̱á."
whatever you eat, I eat."
Play annotation He said,
None
Play annotation [ax̱}
None
Play annotation "Ax̱ tuwáa wsigóo Lingít shaawát.
"I fell in love with a Tlingit woman.
Play annotation Tlél ax̱ tuwáa ushgú ch'a yóo tleeyaat x̱at kaylatéeni."
I don't want you to look at me as though I were far away."
Play annotation Áwé,
So,
Play annotation yagéiyi Lingítch kawshik'áan.
a lot of Tlingit people don't like him.
Play annotation Tle ḵúnáx̱ ḵú áyá Lingít awsix̱án ch'á hóoch.
He himself loves the Tlingit people.
Play annotation K'é iyatéen wé
You can see where
Play annotation wéix' haa ée at dultóow yé
we're being taught there
Play annotation June
Play annotation yá atx̱á wé
the food
Play annotation Tlingit and Haida.
Play annotation Aaá
Yes.
Play annotation X̱át tsú, x̱át tsú, ḵaa ée at x̱alatóow.
Me too, me too, I'm teaching people.
Play annotation Ch'áakw áwé jinkaat táakw ḵa jinkaat táakw ḵa keijin táakw shákdé, yéi
A long time ago, 10 or 15 years maybe,
Play annotation yá sgóondei x̱at nadux̱úx̱ch.
they'd call me to the school.
Play annotation Tléix' táakw áa yéi jix̱waanei has du een yóo adátx'i.
I worked one year with the children.
Play annotation Has du ée ḵalatóow {ooda-} aadoox̱ sá has satéeyi.
Let me teach them who they are.
Play annotation Ḵa ách áwé, é,
That is why, wow,
Play annotation be proud!
Play annotation Lingítx̱ sateeyí i tóox' yak'éi at ???
Be proud of who you are, a Tlingit person.
Play annotation {hél aadoo s-} Ḵushtuyáx̱ aadoo sá wáa sá idaayaḵaayí.
It doesn't matter what people say to you.
Play annotation Ch'a aan áwé yándei kG̱eeháan.
You will still stand (stand tall).
Play annotation Lingít áwé wa.é.
You're a Tlingit.
Play annotation You have to be proud of it.
Play annotation Lingít means a person.
Play annotation Dleit Ḵaa x̱'éináx̱, a person.
In English, a person.
Play annotation Uh, ḵúnáx̱ áyá
Uh, really
Play annotation Lingítx̱ haa wsitee.
we are Tlingit people.
Play annotation Áwé ax̱ yátx'i has daayax̱aḵá neech,
I always tell my children,
Play annotation "Hél iyasháanch eesheexíḵ."
"Don't run around with your head down."
Play annotation Áwé altín daax'oonnáx̱ has x̱wasiwát wéi shaax'sáani.
You see I raised four girls.
Play annotation Baby-x̱ sateeyí kei x̱wsiwát. Wé
One I raised from a baby.
Play annotation du x̱úx̱ áwé du een kawdujixít.
She has a picture taken with her husband.
Play annotation Ax̱ yátx'i, Xunaa hú ḵu.aa.
My children, She's in Hoonah though.
Play annotation {ax̱} Aáa, yak'éi x̱áawé.
Yes, that's very good.
Play annotation Dléit ḵáa ch'a has yawlisháa ax̱ dachx̱ánx'iyán.
White people [have married ???] my grandchildren.
Play annotation Dléit ḵáa shoowúx̱ has sitee ax̱ dachx̱ánk'.
My grandchildren are half white.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ has yak'éi áwé.
They're really good.
Play annotation Shátx̱i aa ax̱ dachx̱ánk' wé du x̱án.aa áa yéi jiné wé áa yéi haa yateeyí.
My oldest grandaughter's husband works where we (I) live.
Play annotation "Grandma" ch'a tlákw yóo x̱at sáakw nuch.
He always calls me "Grandma".
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ áwé yan uwagút wéi yadák'w.
He's really a good boy.
Play annotation {hél tsu} Tlél tsú ax̱ ée [unéek'???], altín.
It doesn't bother me, see.
Play annotation Ixkée aa hás tsú dleit ḵáa ??? yáx̱ has shasitee,
My grandchildren who live down south too are blond,
Play annotation {has, has du} has du shax̱aawú.
their hair.
Play annotation Ax̱ aayí tsú wé {du} du ée k'átsk'u
Mine too, her little boy
Play annotation dleit yáx̱ shasitee,
is a blond,
Play annotation ax̱ dachx̱ánk'.
my little grandson.
Play annotation Áwé altín,
So see,
Play annotation "Hél dleit ḵáa áwé wa.é, Chx̱ánk'.
"You're not a white boy, Grandson.
Play annotation Lingít áwé wá.e."
You're Tlingit."
Play annotation "X̱wasikóo, Léelk'w.
"I know, Grandma.
Play annotation X̱wasikóo," dleit ḵáa x̱'éináx̱ ax̱ een yóo x̱'ala.átgi nooch.
I know," he always talks to me in English.
Play annotation {áwé} Áwé altín dleit ḵáa tlein hél naalei awujáaḵw.
So see, he nearly beat up a big white man.
Play annotation Wéi
The
Play annotation likoodzí wéi Lingít yóot'át áwé.
it's amazing those Tlingit people.
Play annotation {uh, x̱wáli-} Wéi
That
Play annotation x̱áat áx̱ kei x'ákji áwé áx' héen has adaná adáx̱.
where salmon swim up, that's where they drink water from.
Play annotation Áwé altín aawa.aax̱.
So see, that's what he heard.
Play annotation Aadéi woogoot.
He went there.
Play annotation Tle aa kdaháan áwé du éesh, "Ilí" du éesh áwé,
When he stood up there, his dad told him, "Don't do that."
Play annotation Hél aasá s daayiḵáaḵ."
Don't say anything to anyone."
Play annotation "Hél wa.é áwé Lingítx̱ eestí, Éesh.
"You're not the one who's a Tlingit, Dad.
Play annotation X̱át áwé Lingítx̱ x̱at sitee."
I'm the one who's a Tlingit."
Play annotation Áwé aadéi wjixeex, altín.
He ran over there, see.
Play annotation Wéi dleit ḵáa,
That white man,
Play annotation "Gidaháan," yóo adaayaḵá.
"Get up," he told him.
Play annotation Wé dleit ḵáa uwayáa tle.
He looks like a white man himself.
Play annotation Yéi áwé ax̱ dachx̱ánx'iyán tsú.
That's how my grandchildren are too.
Play annotation "Hél ḵushtuyáx̱ hél,
"It doesn't make any difference,
Play annotation tle áx̱ kei x̱at uwawát, altín, Juneau.
I grew up in Juneau, see.
Play annotation Hél Lingít áx'
The Tlingit don't
Play annotation x̱áat héeni oodaná.
drink fish water there.
Play annotation [Has???] yanéek' wáa sá,"
They're very clean, how,"
Play annotation Yéi x̱'ayaḵá, "yee x̱'akḵwagwált".
He said, "I'm going to punch your faces out."
Play annotation Ha.é!
See how it is!
Play annotation Áwé altín ash ée akawdlix̱éel' tle, tle woonóok.
So see, he was afraid of him, he felt.
Play annotation Hél áyáx̱ awusteen, ḵúdáx̱
He didn't see through him (Danny would do what he said)
Play annotation ḵúdáx̱ shákdé ligéi yóo,
maybe he's just too big,
Play annotation Ách áwé aax̱ áwé ch'a yeedádidéi wáanG̱anees haa
That's why even up to now, sometimes
Play annotation haa dushúḵ nuch.
they laugh at us.
Play annotation Daax'oonnáx̱ has x̱wasiwát ch'a G̱óot ḵáa
I raised 4 of them, someone else's
Play annotation yatx'i.
children.
Play annotation Nás'gináx̱ college tóonáx̱ has yaawa.át.
Three of them went to college.
Play annotation Wé tléix' aa ḵu.aa ḵut woogoot tle.
The other one just lost her way.
Play annotation Uh, yáat'aa ax̱ toowóoch ḵú tle ax̱ ée kei kḵwanéekw.
This one I thought though [will bring me pain???]
Play annotation Ax̱ aayí ḵu.aa ax̱ dachx̱ánx'iyán, Veitnam,
My own grandchildren though, Vietnam,
Play annotation Vietnam, tlél Vietnam but
Vietnam, not Vietnam but
Play annotation Korea-déi du éech awdudziwóo ḵa Iraq.
they sent him to Korea and Iraq.
Play annotation Dáx̱náx̱ has wootee ax̱ dachx̱ánx'iyán G̱aa.
2 of my grandchildren.
Play annotation Déix̱ táakw áa yéi wootee, tléix'.
One of them was there for two years.
Play annotation ??? hú yeedát California-x' yéi yatee.
Right now he lives in California.
Play annotation Tlákw ax̱ eex̱ x̱'adataan.
He calls me all the time.
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ dleit ḵáa yáx̱ áwé yaka-
He really looks like a white boy.
Play annotation Yá Lingít át {tu-} du tuwáa sigóo awuskoowú.
He wants to know about Tlingit things.
Play annotation Lingít yóo x̱'atánk.
Tlingit language.
Play annotation Áwé du jeedéi ách kḵwasawóo wéi Sealaska-dáx̱.
I'm going to send him something from Sealaska.
Play annotation Tléix' yateeyi át áwé,
There's one thing,
Play annotation {hél} ch'a wa.éich tsú yisikóo yá Lingít
you know yourself, this Tlingit
Play annotation yinaanáx̱.
side of it.
Play annotation "Culture" yóo duwasáakw dleit ḵáa x̱'éináx̱.
"Culture" they call it in English.
Play annotation Aaá. Aaá.
Yes. Yes.
Play annotation Tléix' yateeyi át áwé ax̱ tláa áyá x̱at daayaḵáa nooch.
There's one thing my mother always told me.
Play annotation Yéi x̱at daayaḵáa neejín,
She used to always tell me,
Play annotation "Hél ch'a koogéi yóox̱ eeG̱éex'iḵ, Sík', i yoo x̱'atángi.
"Don't just throw your words around, Daughter.
Play annotation Hél {tla-} kaadéi yóo ooxíxgiḵ.
Don't let it fall on the ground.
Play annotation Hél áwé aax̱ kei kG̱eetee tsu {i x̱'éi neel-}
You wouldn't pick it up and
Play annotation i x̱'éi neildé kG̱eetee.
put it back in your mouth.
Play annotation Yéi áwé kG̱isakóo.
This is how you'll know it.
Play annotation Haa yoo x̱'atángi áyá haa káx̱ at nateech."
It's our words that watch out for us."
Play annotation Áwé altín wé
So see,
Play annotation {x'aa-} Xunaadé {kantoo- ḵux̱-} ḵux̱waatéeni,
when I went to Hoonah,
Play annotation wa.é i yáx̱ áwé x̱at wootee, hél tsu
I was like you, I didn't
Play annotation x̱wasakú a daat át.
know anything about it (the Tlingit culture).
Play annotation Ḵúnáx̱ áyá x̱at kaawatís'.
I was just amazed.
Play annotation Yáa aadéi has al'eix̱ yé.
The way they were dancing.
Play annotation Hél awuskú Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yóo x̱'ax̱aatángi,
She didn't know I speak Tlingit,
Play annotation ax̱ chaan.
my mother-in-law.
Play annotation X̱át tsú ax̱ yat'éi yoo x̱'adul.átgin.
Me too, they used to talk about me.
Play annotation ??? ch'a s du ée [x̱'ax̱li.átk???]
I would just start talking to them (in Tlingit).
Play annotation Wéi Mrs.Greenwald,
That Mrs. Greenwald,
Play annotation tle ḵúnáx̱ áwé tlél du tuwáa ushgú yaa
she really didn't want
Play annotation Rusty x̱at wushaayí.
me to marry Rusty.
Play annotation Há.
Oh.
Play annotation Yá {ax̱ ée} ax̱ chaan een yoo s x̱'ali.átk.
She spoke with my mother-in-law.
Play annotation "Tle ḵúnáx̱ áwé ḵwáaḵx̱ daaḵ uwagút wé i káalk'w."
"Your nephew really stepped off the wrong place."
Play annotation Ax̱ chaan áwé yéi x̱'ayaḵá,
My mother-in-law said,
Play annotation áwé, "Wéi ax̱ káalk'w
"My nephew
Play annotation ax̱ tugéidei áwé aawasháa, altín."
married against my approval, see.
Play annotation "Du aat hás shayadihéin wáa ḵú sákwshéwé yoo kawdzigít?
He has a lot of paternal aunts (opposite moiety), why in the world did he do this?
Play annotation Ch'a G̱óot aandáx̱ shaawát aawasháa."
He married a woman from a different community."
Play annotation Kagéi [kalk'át'gi???] ??? x̱waagoot.
I walked out on the other side (so they wouldn't know she was there.)
Play annotation ??? x̱waagút
??? I went.
Play annotation K'idéin ax̱ toowú natée áwé tsá
When I felt better,
Play annotation ax̱ chaan x̱ánnáx̱ neil x̱waagút.
I walked in on my mother-in-law.
Play annotation "Yee x̱'ax̱waa.áx̱."
"I heard you folks."
Play annotation "Oh! Tle ḵúnáx̱ áwé,"
"Oh! Really,"
Play annotation du x̱'é aawasháat.
she caught her mouth.
Play annotation "Yee x̱'ax̱waa.áx̱.
"I heard you folks.
Play annotation Lingít x̱'ax̱aa.áx̱ch k'idéin."
I understand Tlingit real well."
Play annotation "Haaw, hél x̱á yéi wtusakú."
"Well, we didn't know that."
Play annotation Has du toowóoch ḵú hél Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'eix̱atánk.
They thought though that I didn't speak Tlingit.
Play annotation Has du jigéidei sáwé
It was against their wishes
Play annotation x̱at uwasháa Rusty.
that I marry Rusty.
Play annotation {Yei}
Play annotation Yéi áwé yan haa kawdiyáa.
That's how it happened for us.
Play annotation Yá Lingít tóodáx̱ ḵúnáx̱ hél ḵaa tuwáa wushgóo.
The Tlingits [from inside???], people really didn't like it.
Play annotation A {tóox' toon-} tóo toonáG̱i.
What we stood for.
Play annotation Áwé yeedát
And now
Play annotation ??? tsá ḵaa ée dultóow.
they're frantically teaching it.
Play annotation {x'oon} Ch'a x'oonk'ináx̱ sáyá haa yatee dé,
How many of us are there now,
Play annotation yá Lingít, k'idéin Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'atuli.át gé?
people who speak Tlingit well?
Play annotation A x̱oo aa ch'a l k'idéin
There are some who don't really
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???
Play annotation Yéi áwé yatee.
That's the way it is.
Play annotation Á áyá yées aa yáat,
And now this young generation here,
Play annotation yées ḵáa hás,
the young people,
Play annotation college yóo s uwa.át {a} a yís yá teacher-x̱ has nax̱satee.
they went to college to become teachers.
Play annotation Áwé shux'áa has du een yóo x̱'awtula.aadí yá
At first when we spoke to them,
Play annotation a tóo kéi s nawát.
they were growing up in it.
Play annotation Ch'a yeisú shaatk'átsk'ux̱ has sitee, yáa yeedát áwé
They're still little girls and now,
Play annotation high school, college.
Play annotation Ḵa ch'a teachers-x̱ has sitee ch'a yeisú yaa s anaskwéin.
They are teachers and they're still learning.
Play annotation Lingít x̱'éináx̱ yoo x̱'atánk.
Speaking in Tlingit.
Play annotation Áwé shux'aa tléix'aa,
At first the other one,
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Play annotation {ax̱} ax̱ kaak
my uncle